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2019 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan Update 2019 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan Update.

Jun 25, 2020




  • 2019 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan Update

    Mark Elsner, P.E. Water Supply Bureau Chief

    2019 LKB Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting March 27, 2019

  • Water Supply Plan Requirements

    20-year planning period Demand estimates & projections Resource analyses  Issues identification  Evaluation of water source options Water resource development

    • Responsibility of water management district

    Water supply development • Responsibility of water users

    Minimum Flows & Minimum Water Levels

    • Recovery & prevention strategies 2

  • LKB Planning Area

    Portions of Okeechobee, Highlands, and Glades counties Major agricultural

    industry Seminole Tribe of Florida

    Brighton Reservation


  • Public Participation

    Stakeholder workshops One-on-one meetings & discussion with stakeholders Meetings with stakeholder groups Governing Board presentations Draft documents distributed/posted on website Comments on drafts prior to Governing Board approval


  • LKB Water Supply Plan Update Process


    Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan

    Kickoff March 2019

    Board Approval Dec. 2019

    Individual Meetings with Stakeholders

    Draft Plan to Governing


    Stakeholder Workshops

    Water Source Options and Conservation

    Environmental Needs

    Urban and Agricultural

    Demand Projections

    Water Resource and Water

    Supply Projects

    Distribution of Draft Chapters

    Water Resource Analysis

  • 2014 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan

    Mark Elsner, P.E. Water Supply Bureau Chief

    2019 LKB Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting March 27, 2019

  • Summary of 2014 Water Resource Considerations

    Limited surface water availability • Lake Istokpoga/Indian Prairie Basin • Lake Okeechobee and LOSA

    Seminole Tribe of Florida Brighton Reservation water rights Kissimmee River Basin Water

    Reservation development MFLs – SFWMD and SWFWMD


  • 2014 LKB Water Supply Plan Estimated Water Demands


    Total = 192 mgd Total = 222 mgd

    2010 2035

  • Water Source Options


    Surface Water


    Aquifer Storage & Recovery*


    Fresh Groundwater

    Saline Groundwater*

    Reclaimed Water*


    * Alternative water source

  • Resource Evaluation

    Surface water • Restricted Allocation Areas – restrict availability of new surface

    water • Minimal projected demand for new surface water through


    Groundwater • Updated LKB groundwater model to evaluate:

     2035 projected demands  Drawdown potential under MFL lakes

    • No adverse impacts projected to SFWMD or SWFWMD MFL lakes


  • 2014 Future Direction

    Complete development of Kissimmee River Basin Water Reservation Coordinate with SWFWMD to refine modeling of LKB region

    and MFL lakes USACE complete HHD rehabilitation and revise the

    regulation schedule Continue to implement MFL recovery and prevention

    strategies Water users and SFWMD collaborate to increase

    understanding of the aquifers Continue to promote water conservation opportunities

    within the planning area


  • 2014 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan Conclusion

    The future water demands of the region can be met through the 2035 planning horizon with appropriate management and continued development of available groundwater sources Additional water from Lake

    Okeechobee from operational flexibility within the existing LORS08 schedule, or a revised regulation schedule subsequent to HHD repairs could return the Lake to an MFL prevention status, enhance existing permitted users level of service and support environmental needs


  • Progress Since the 2014 LKB Plan

    Restoration & construction projects • Kissimmee River Restoration Project • Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project • Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation

    Regulatory protection efforts • Kissimmee River and Chain of Lakes Water Reservation • Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM)

    Hydrologic studies & modeling • East Central Florida Transient Expanded Model • CERP Aquifer Storage and Recovery Regional Study • Continued Floridan groundwater monitoring


  • Questions?

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  • 2019 Lower Kissimmee Basin Water Supply Plan Update

    Natalie Kraft Water Supply Plan Manager

    2019 LKB Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting March 27, 2019

  • LKB Planning Area

    Portions of Okeechobee, Highlands, and Glades counties 1,805 square miles Important natural and

    water resources • Kissimmee River • Lake Istokpoga • Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

    State Park


  • LKB Planning Area

    Population: • 2017 52,496 people • 2040 58,662 people

    6 utilities Seminole Tribe of Florida

    Brighton Reservation Major agricultural



  • Statutory Goal of LKB Water Supply Plan

    Section 373.709, Florida Statutes

    To identify sufficient water supply sources and future projects to meet existing and future reasonable-beneficial uses during 1-in-10 year drought conditions through 2040

    while sustaining water resources and related natural systems.


  • Objectives of 2019 LKB Plan Update

    1. Water Supply: Identify sufficient sources of water to meet reasonable-beneficial uses projected through 2040 under 1-in-10 year drought conditions without causing harm to natural resources

    2. Natural Systems: Protect and enhance environmental systems, including the Kissimmee River, Lake Istokpoga, Fisheating Creek, Taylor Creek, Nubbin Slough, and other federal, state, and locally identified natural resource areas

    3. Conservation: Encourage water conservation measures to improve the efficiency of existing and future water use


  • Objectives of 2019 LKB Plan Update

    4. Linkage with Local Governments: Provide information to support local government comprehensive plans. Promote compatibility of the plan update with tribal and local government land use decisions

    5. Compatibility and Linkage with Other Efforts: Promote compatibility and integration with the following planning- related activities: • Other state and federal water resource initiatives in the planning

    region; • Existing and proposed environmental projects; • Modifications to operating schedules for the regional systems,

    including Lake Okeechobee; and • Water use permitting process, Minimum Flow and Minimum

    Water Level (MFL) criteria, and Water Reservations


  • 2019 LKB Water Supply Plan Organization

    Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Demand Estimates & Projections Chapter 3: Water Conservation Chapter 4: Resource Protection Chapter 5: Water Source Options Chapter 6: Water Resource Issues & Analyses Chapter 7: Water Resource & Supply Development Projects Chapter 8: Future Direction


  • Water Conservation

    Agriculture FDACS and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program

    promote BMPs, which mostly affect water quality but some can result in increased water use efficiency Mobile Irrigation Labs evaluate irrigation system efficiency

    and offer recommendations for operational improvements FSAID* data are being used to estimate potential agricultural

    conservation savings • Efficiency gains come from irrigation system changes and scheduling

    or sensor-based automation • 2040 estimated savings: 16.7 mgd

    22*FSAID: Florida Statewide Agricultural Irrigation Demand

  • Water Conservation

    Urban All non-agricultural water users combined account for a

    small percentage of water use in the LKB Conservation measures in place for urban water users

    include: • Year-Round Irrigation Rule • Utility conservation rate structures • Water efficient fixtures & appliances


  • Water Resource Protection

    Minimum Flows and Minimum Water Levels

    • Lake Istokpoga • Lower West Coast Aquifers • Lake Okeechobee

    Water Reservations • Kissimmee River and Chain of


    Restricted Allocation Areas • Lake Okeechobee Service Area • Lake Istokpoga/Indian Prairie

    Canal System


  • Questions?

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  • Matt Morrison, Bureau Chief South Florida Water Management District

    April 3, 2019

    South Florida Ecosystem Restoration

    Kissimmee River

  •  River Channelization  Herbert Hoover Dike  Water Conservation Areas  Protective Levees

     Everglades Agricultural Area  Lower East Coast

     Drainage Network  Regional Canals  Salinity Structures

     Today’s expanded system  2,100 miles of canals, 2,000 miles of